Monday links and notes


All the news in the world of USC that's fit for reading on what was a spectacular 70-degree Monday in Los Angeles:

  • USC's spring practice dates have been announced. The Trojans begin on Thursday, March 30 and will have practices every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the Trojan Huddle on Saturday, May 1. Including the Huddle, USC's annual spring game, that makes for 15 practices. Tuesday and Thursday practices are scheduled for 4 p.m.; Saturdays will be at 11 a.m. It is not yet known whether spring practices will be open to the public under new coach Lane Kiffin.

  • In basketball news, the game times for the final two men's games in Arizona were also announced today. The Thursday night game against Arizona State will be at 5:30 p.m. PST; the Saturday game against Arizona will be at 10:30 a.m.

  • It's a big week for non-revenue sports teams at USC. The No. 6 men's volleyball team hosts No. 5 Cal State Northridge on Wednesday at the Galen Center. Both teams had been ranked No. 1 for sizable portions of the season, but the Trojans have lost four of their last six matches and the Matadors have lost three of their last five. CSUN has beat USC 15 straight times. And the USC baseball team has a chance to give head coach Chad Kreuter a .500 record with a win against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. Kreuter's team has gone exactly 28-28 each of the last two seasons. The Trojans also have an exhibition with a Japanese university on Wednesday at Dedeaux Field.

  • And, as speculation continues concerning USC's appearance at an NCAA hearing over the weekend, The Los Angeles Times reports that USC coach Kevin O'Neill was not with his team Friday night as they prepared to face Washington State. O'Neill was reportedly instead still in Seattle, on a conference call with the NCAA infractions committee in Tempe, Ariz. Says guard Dwight Lewis in the article: "It was different, but I don't think it affected us in the game. It had nothing to do with who was there or who wasn't there."

  • And a little bit of a link dump: a USC student profile on TE signee Xavier Grimble and former USC receiver Jamere Holland was kicked off the Oregon team after angry status updates on his Facebook concerning the fate of linebacker Kiko Alonso, who was cited for a DUI last week and later suspended for the 2010 season. Holland, has yet to make his Facebook profile private and continues to post frequent updates.